Iconico by Héctor Serrano
for Lexon


Maison&Objet 2013: Spanish designer Héctor Serrano will launch a portable speaker designed to look like the sound icon from a computer at Maison&Objet in Paris this week.

Iconico by Héctor Serrano for Lexon

Called Iconico, the speaker for French brand Lexon can be switched off simply by turning it face down. "It's a playful, intuitive and simple object to listen to your music everywhere in high sound quality," says Serrano.

Iconico by Héctor Serrano for Lexon

Iconico is made of ABS plastic and comes in dark grey and white. It's intended for use with mobile phones and connects via a 3.5 millimetre stereo audio cable.

Iconico by Héctor Serrano for Lexon

Maison&Objet takes place in Paris from 18 to 22 January.

Iconico by Héctor Serrano for Lexon

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Iconico by Héctor Serrano for Lexon

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Iconico by Héctor Serrano for Lexon

Lexon is a design brand based in France and China. Other Lexon products on Dezeen include a range of calculators, clocks, torches and radios made of corn starch, and a set of stackable, colour-coded stationary. The Take Time watch by Mathieu Lehanneur, which is available at Dezeen Watch Store, is also produced by Lexon.

Iconico by Héctor Serrano for Lexon

Here are the specs for the speaker:

Power output: 1.5W
Speaker: 2W+ base
Frequency range: 20Hz-20kHz
SNR: 65dB
Distortion: <1%
Cell: lithium cell 400mAh
Typical runtime : 4 hours at medium volume
Charging voltage: USB 5V
Charging time: 2 hours
Connecting cable: 3.5MM stereo audio cable
Dimensions: Φ71X55MM

  • balladicious

    So they’ve designed a speaker to look like the sound icon on the computer, which was originally designed to look like a speaker.

    So they’ve essentially (albeit by an uninformed accident) designed a speaker to look like a speaker.

  • gno

    We have made a full circle.

  • LMG

    It bears such resemblance to a concept design for Altec Lansing by UK designer Timothy Rundle:


    • René Adda

      It obviously looks the same, but at the same time it is the simple representation of a speaker. Being at the development with the designer, I guarantee that it was developed from a white sheet of paper without any idea of copying. That happens sometimes.

      • Nathan

        So nobody thought about googling the words “iconic speaker” or similar during the development of the final models?

        If this was done, you would notice there was no need for an already existing item (I also notice some differences and would “update'” the original design). It would probably have made more sense to team up and boost sales for one item, thus getting an advantage in, for instance, sales quantity.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Even as an unabashed copy, it is quite unremarkable.

  • young designer

    At a time when there is such innovation happening in audio, why is this here?

  • Bhavnesh

    balladicious hit the nail on the head.

    Also, when will rubbish sound quality stop being hailed as “good design”?

  • John

    Looks like they have designed more landfill that can also be used as a speaker.

  • Xeron

    I would like to see how all these critics and wise people do it better… : )